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New York Times, Saturday, June 8, 2019

Author:
Andrew J. Ries
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrew Ries

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Ries. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Okay, let me tell you all about ASCII, whether you want me to or not. The American Standard Code for Information Interchange is ... read more

Okay, let me tell you all about ASCII, whether you want me to or not. The American Standard Code for Information Interchange is …

Hey, come back here and be MANSPLAINED to!

Jim and I both loved DEVELOPMENT HELL. It might only be familiar within certain professions, notably software, engineering, and media production, but …

Hey, wait, that covers a lot of people! Ah, the frustrating time when a project is languishing in limbo while middle managers argue about it. Sigh.

Great entry + clue in SACAGAWEA DOLLAR, too. I was sure it was going to be some word of the year based around the Y2K bug. Nope, a literal coinage!

Cool layout, a welcome variation on the usual stair stacks that Andrew tends to use. Neat to be treated to two bonus 15-letter entries — and both of those 15s running through the vertical 15!

I'd have thought that after all that interlock, there wouldn't be any more real estate in which to pack extra juice. Not so! UNION REP and CABLE CAR are fine ways of using those precious 8-letter slots. So even though there were only ten long slots (of 8+ letters), Andrew used each one to its fullest extent.

A couple of compromises, though — not hot on INRI, MASC, RET. NFC tried to get cutesy with a misdirection clue, but it felt more wrong than anything. Even one of Will's fact checkers thought [Rams home] should have at least gotten a question mark. The clue doesn't work without the giveaway possessive apostrophe — [Rams' home] — or a telltale question mark.

Entertaining solve; impressive effort to pack in so many ultra-long feature entries. A POW! contender.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0608 ( 25,414 )
Across
1
Tech's character set : ASCII
6
City on a gulf of the same name : ADEN
10
Blow : MUFF
14
Tip, say : THANK
15
___ war (conflict unlikely to hurt anyone) : NERF
16
Letters on a crucifix : INRI
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Oxymoronic break : WORKINGVACATION
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Love lines? : ODE
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Passes (out) : DOLES
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It's a gas : OZONE
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Had more than one could handle : ODED
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Sleepy still? : CEL
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Brief flashes : GLINTS
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Slacker's opposite : DYNAMO
29
Stick in the dugout : OAR
31
Abbr. after U.S.M.C., maybe : RET
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Was patronizing, in a way : MANSPLAINED
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Room backstage at a playhouse : COSTUMESHOP
37
Step-by-step instructions? : DANCELESSON
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Bit of fudge? : FIB
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Pleasant forecast : SUN
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Palynologists study them : SPORES
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Bit of fishing equipment : EELPOT
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Part of Michelangelo's "David" once maliciously broken with a hammer : TOE
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Send a revealing image, say : SEXT
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Stock holding : STEER
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Green film character : SHREK
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Chance to take stock, for short : IPO
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Coinage of 2000 : SACAGAWEADOLLAR
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Risk territory bordering Ukraine and Afghanistan : URAL
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Quash : HALT
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Star of "North Dallas Forty," 1979 : NOLTE
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Public firing? : PYRE
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Having the resources : ABLE
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Wide gap : ABYSS
Down
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"The Handmaid's Tale" novelist : ATWOOD
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Poorly crafted : SHODDY
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Proceed wildly : CAREEN
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Newspaper coverage : INK
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"Just playing" : IKID
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Cinematographer's consideration : ANGLE
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Long gestation for a film, informally : DEVELOPMENTHELL
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They often start with elections : ERAS
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Rams home, for short : NFC
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Actress/singer Gaynor : MITZI
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Local leader : UNIONREP
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Led : FRONTED
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Descriptor for a police force : FINEST
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Plea bargain component : NOCONTEST
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Sister company of Yahoo : AOL
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One of the Wayans brothers : DAMON
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Nursery bagful : GRASSSEED
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Foreign language dictionary abbr. : MASC
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Porters may be found near them : ALES
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___ Sea, body of water between Borneo and the Philippines : SULU
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Rabbit's favorite chain restaurant? : IHOP
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List from an etiquette expert : NONOS
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Symbol of San Francisco : CABLECAR
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Like some laws : DIETARY
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Finally admit, say : FESSUP
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Ignatius J. ___, protagonist in "A Confederacy of Dunces" : REILLY
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Many Lost Generation poets, briefly : EXPATS
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Puts away : STORES
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Norman Vincent ___, best-selling motivational writer : PEALE
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Web address ender : ORG
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Keynote : ORATE
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Tar : SWAB
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High-quality coffee variety : KONA
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___ moment : AHA
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Easy pitch : LOB

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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